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Featured Committee of the Month for May 2018

Education & Participation Committee

The purpose of the E&P Committee is to foster and encourage Group participation in the Rochester Area Intergroup and to provide training to facilitate such participation

Come and see what we do in person!

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Central Office Committee Room

Currently the E&P Committee provides workshops on a number of different topics such as:

  • Step 4, inventory process
  • Steps 6 & 7, character defects
  • Amends
  • Steps 10 & 11, prayer meditation inventory
  • Sponsorship

**During our workshops we invite a standing committee to share their experience with intergroup service to make 12th step work possible

The E&P Committee also:

  • Reaches out to groups without Intergroup Representatives and provides information on how to get involved, and the Board of Trustees helps us with this effort
  • We can visit your group to talk about how to have an Informed Group Conscience as well as how to have a Group Inventory
  • We can provide Secretary and Treasurer Training to new groups or groups with new members,
  • Any questions your group may have about Rochester Service Committees and Our Service Structure, reach out to us! We can

The E&P Committee is also responsible for welcoming new Intergroup Representatives and providing monthly orientation (2nd Thursday at 6pm) on topics surrounding the purposes, services and structure of the Intergroup, monthly Intergroup Representatives meeting format, agenda and procedures.

E&P has created pamphlets for the Rochester Area Intergroup such as “Rochester Area Intergroup and You”, “The Beginners Pamphlet”, “l2 Step Calls – Taking and Making”, “The Intergroup Representative (IR)” and “RAI Board of Trustees FAQs”.

The E&P committee provides outreach to AA groups for the purpose of educating and assisting groups to participating at the Intergroup level.

Grow spiritually through the act of service, and giving back to a program that has saved your life. Grow also in knowledge while researching the information necessary to produce a Workshop to help educate others.

Our primary purpose is to carry the message – Through the efforts of individual AA members, groups, and the services provided by the Intergroup and Central Office

Contact information for any questions:

Please attend a committee meeting to meet us all! We’d love to see you!

If you need to be in touch with the committee but cannot attend the meeting, call Central Office, 585-232-6720, or email the committee directly at education_participation_committee@rochester-ny-aa.org

Featured Committee of the Month April 2018

Corrections

This month’s featured committee is Corrections. Please take a moment to listen to some information that the committee would like for you to know about what their purpose is, what you can do to get involved, how it helps the alcoholic who still suffers and how you can grow spiritually by being involved.

Purpose of Committee:

  • To carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the still suffering alcoholics who are incarcerated in correctional institutions.
  • To coordinate A.A. groups and/or members in taking A.A. meetings into correctional facilities, to encourage participation in leading correctional facility meetings, and to provide a liaison between correctional facilities & A.A. groups.

How it helps the alcoholic who still suffers:

  • Corrections work is an opportunity to carry the A.A. message to alcoholics inside the walls of correctional facilities who want to live sober, one day at a time. Service work with the corrections committee reaches alcoholics who might never otherwise find the A.A. program and who have severely limited access to meetings.
  • Corrections helps alcoholics inside the walls to have faith and to know that they are not alone.
  • The alcoholic inside the walls is introduced to Bridging the Gap, which gives them a resource to get connected with alcoholics before & after release from a facility.

 How you can grow spiritually by getting involved:

  • Corrections work embodies the spirit of the Responsibility Declaration: “When anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible”
  • Corrections work gets you out of yourself, helping to open the channel between you and a Higher Power.
  • Fosters the willingness, humility, and service through commitment to the 12th step and 3rd

 How you can get involved:

  • The Corrections Committee meets at 6:30pm on the third Thursday of every month at Central Office.
  • People on the committee can get involved by taking in meetings, helping to plan committee events & raise awareness of the committee’s activities and needs, brainstorming ideas for increasing participation and improving communication between A.A. and the correctional facilities, by serving as a pen-pal to an alcoholic inmate, and more!

Contact information for any questions:

  • Please attend a committee meeting to meet us all! We’d love to see you!

If you need to be in touch with the committee but cannot attend the meeting, call or email Central Office at 585-232-6720, email raacog@frontiernet.net).

Featured Committee of the Month February 2018

Accessibility

 OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE is to support the alcoholic who faces any physical challenge while attending meetings, and receiving the message.

 WE HELP by

  • Providing access to ASL interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing at meetings, as well as home group anniversaries and special events.
  • Coordinating meetings for the home-bound, hospitalized and residents of Assisted Living.
  • Providing information for those using public transportation to specific meetings.
  • Maintaining an inventory of specialized, conference-approved media for visual impairment, ESL, D/HOH, limited reading abilities.
  • Keeping up-to-date accessibility /mobility information for Rochester Area meetings.

YOU CAN GROW SPIRITUALLY through 

  • A renewed sense of gratitude and humility.
  • A greater understanding of the importance and skills of team work.
  • Developing empathy and problem solving skills through knowledge and experience.
  • Rewarding interaction with others as you give back to the community.

YOU CAN GET INVOLVED by

  • Attending our monthly meetings to learn more:
    • 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 at Central Office.
    • Meeting can be interpreted for D/HOH.
    • No prior experience necessary.
  • Working with the staff of Assisted Living facilities who want to provide meetings for residents who wish to remain connected with AA fellowship and support.
  • Joining a sub-committee of the Accessibility Committee such as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mobility or the Blind and Visually Impaired subcommittees.
  • Coordinating your home group to be ready to take meetings to alcoholics who are home-bound or hospitalized.

YOU CAN REACH the Accessibility Committee by calling the AA Central Office at (585) 232-6720, sending an email to Central Office at raacog@frontiernet.net, or directly to the committee at accessibility_committee@rochester-ny-aa.org. Leave your name, phone # and email, and a committee member will contact you.

We are responsible!

Featured Committee of the Month January 2018

Board of Trustees

AA Service Triangle

OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE is to serve as trusted servants to the groups who have elected us and to ensure the administrative and financial viability and oversight of the *Intergroup so that Alcoholics Anonymous is secure now and into the future, making sure the “hand of AA will always be there.”
*Intergroup is an A.A. service office that involves partnership among groups in a community—just as A.A. groups themselves are partnerships of individuals.

 

 

Board of Trustees HELPS THE ALCOHOLIC Who Still Suffers by

  • Managing the collective ability of the local Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers guided by 12 Traditions, 12 Concepts, and Intergroup By-laws

YOU CAN GROW SPIRITUALLY through

  • A renewed sense of gratitude and humility.
  • A greater understanding of the importance and skills of team work.
  • Developing empathy and problem solving skills through knowledge and experience.
  • Rewarding interaction with others as you give back to the A.A. community.

YOU and YOUR GROUP CAN GET INVOLVED by

  • Attending our monthly meetings to learn more:
    • 1st Thursday of the month at 6:00pm at Central Office.
  • Joining in to learn how board members are selected, nominated and elected to positions of trusted servants.
  • Learn about each of the vital roles of Board members:
    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Office Administrator (paid-non elected)
  • City Trustee
  • NorthEast Trustee
  • NorthWest Trustee
  • SouthEast Trustee
  • SouthWest Trustee
  • Represent the voice of your group in the Intergroup meetings.

YOU CAN REACH the Board of Trustees by calling the A.A. Central Office
at (585) 232-6720 or emailing us at raacog@frontiernet.net
Leave your name and phone # and/or email and a Board Member will get in touch with you.
We are all responsible!

Featured Committee of the Month December 2017

Nominating & Elections Committee

Purpose of Committee:

The Nominating & Elections Committee is a unique committee at the Rochester Area Intergroup that is often unknown to local members of AA.

The purpose of the Nominating and Elections Committee is to provide a slate of candidates for all rotating, elected positions within the Intergroup and to facilitate the election process, by providing support and information on the upcoming election, at the monthly Intergroup meeting.

How it helps the alcoholic who still suffers:

The Rochester Area Intergroup Board of Trustees, Personnel Committee and Intergroup Registrar are elected on a rotating schedule every May.  Those elected are trusted servants to the groups who have elected them and are elected to ensure the administrative and financial viability and oversight of the Intergroup so that Alcoholics Anonymous is secure now and into the future, making sure the “hand of AA will always be there.”

How you can grow spiritually by getting involved:

Growth from being a part of the committee comes from learning to implement the spiritual principles contained in our Steps, Traditions and Concepts when helping to find suitable members of our fellowship to serve the AA community on the Board of Trustees, Personnel Committee or as our Intergroup Registrar.

How you can get involved:

Members of the Nominating and Elections Committee are generally chosen from the current Intergroup Representatives.  This committee has one person that is appointed by the Chair of the Intergroup and two others that are nominated and elected by the Intergroup Representatives at the JANUARY meeting (this year that will be January 11th, 2018).

Contact the Central Office for more information or questions!

Rochester Area Intergroup, AA Central Office

1000 Elmwood Avenue, Greenhouse

Rochester, NY  14620

Telephone:     585-232-6720              Email:  raacog@frontiernet.net

Featured Committee of the Month November 2017

Personnel Committee

This month’s featured committee is Personnel.  This is a unique committee at the Rochester Area Intergroup that is often unknown to local members of AA.

Purpose of Committee:

The Personnel Committee has the operating responsibility, authority and accountability for administrating personnel policy in accordance with the policies described in the Rochester Area Intergroup Bylaws and the Intergroup Personnel Policies and Procedures.  In short, the committee is responsible for overseeing the paid staff of the AA Central Office.

How it helps the alcoholic who still suffers:

The Central Office acts as a clearing house for AA information for local groups, institutions, other concerned organizations and interested individuals.  The paid office staff is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the Central Office and the many different ways that the office helps make 12 Step work possible on a daily basis.  The committee ensures that the office staff are meeting their responsibilities and growing in their roles as paid workers for AA.

How you can grow spiritually by getting involved:

It is suggested that members of the Personnel Committee have experience managing employees.  Growth from being a part of the committee comes from learning to implement the spiritual principles contained in our Steps, Traditions and Concepts into the managing of people.

How you can get involved (time of committee, jobs to do at the committee):

This committee has one person that is appointed by the Chair of the Intergroup.  The Vice-Chair of the Intergroup serves as a liaison between the Board of Trustees and the Personnel Committee and the previous Board Chair (last to rotate out of that position) is also a member. There are 2 elected members.  It is suggested, due to the nature of the committee, that the elected and appointed members have business and management experience.

Contact the Central Office for more information or questions!

Rochester Area Intergroup, AA Central Office
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Greenhouse
Rochester, NY  14620
Telephone:     585-232-6720              Email:  raacog@frontiernet.net

Featured Committee of the Month October 2017

 

Flower City Fellowship Convention (FCFC) Committee

This month’s featured committee is the Flower City Fellowship Convention (FCFC) Committee. Please take a moment to listen to some information that the committee would like for you to know about what their purpose is, what you can do to get involved, how it helps the alcoholic who still suffers and how you can grow spiritually by getting involved.

Purpose of Committee:

The purpose of the FCFC/Convention Committee is to plan, organize and host the annual Rochester Area Intergroup Convention.

The 37th Annual FLOWER CITY FELLOWSHIP CONVENTION, “Surrender To Win”, will be March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel, 120 Main Street, Rochester, NY  14604.
Please see our website: www.rochester-ny-aa.org for more details.

How it helps the alcoholic who still suffers:

With all of the different panels and out of town speakers throughout the weekend, there is usually at least one message for everyone.

It’s the spirit and feeling behind it. As one member puts it, the best A.A. convention is “just a darned good A.A. meeting blown up big.” Just watch enthusiastic members at any A.A. convention and you’ll get what he/she means. The atmosphere alone is worth the trip. Here you’ll find fellowship, laughter, warmth, and understanding—”heaped up, pressed down, and running over.”

How you grow spiritually by getting involved:

Service work helps people. There are many different positions which are needed to help with the convention; including just helping for an hour or two throughout the weekend. We start planning in July and continue through the first weekend in March, which is the weekend of the convention. Some committees still are doing the service work throughout the weekend of the convention. It is the feeling and being a part of AA and watching how the convention forms throughout the months.

How can you can get involved (Monthly committee Meeting):

OUR OCTOBER MEETING WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25TH at 7:00 pm in the AA Central Office Committee Room

We meet at 7:00 pm, every 4th Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted), in the AA Central Office Committee Room, 1000 Elmwood Ave. (Greenhouse), Rochester, NY  14620.

The Convention committee is always looking for people to volunteer and to help out. Whether you would like to be part of a play, greet, be an usher or any other committee, please come down and join us at one of our monthly meetings and see what we are all about.

Contact information:

Please call or email the AA Central Office.
Telephone:     585-232-6720              Email:  raacog@frontiernet.net
Leave a message for the FCFC/Convention Committee

Featured Committee of the Month for September 2017

Website Committee

Purpose of Committee:
The Website committee helps to develop, coordinate and maintain content on the Rochester Area Intergroup, Inc. sponsored website: www.rochester-ny-aa.org and to better carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the newcomer, its members, and anyone interested in our program of recovery, by way of electronic media while still adhering to our Traditions, Concepts and Principle of anonymity on the Internet.

How it helps the alcoholic who still suffers:
Our website has information on Alcoholics Anonymous for the newcomer, provides an updated meeting list/database, a calendar of events (AAR), special event information and registrations, flyers, standing committee information, as well as a members section for Intergroup meeting information and the ability to make electronic donations. It also has links to electronic copies of AA approved literature (e.g. Big Book, 12 and 12, pamphlets, etc.).

How you can grow spiritually by getting involved:
In today’s fast moving technological world, the site is often the first place that a newcomer goes to learn about our program of recovery. It can also offer important information and be a service to the membership of the Intergroup. More and more people are accessing the Internet for information and are relying on electronic data rather than hard copy paper formats. Participation on the committee can help us to keep the site relevant and to have its presentation and content kept current so that it is useful to both newcomers and long-timers. We are always interested in ideas and suggestions on how to make the site as informative and user-friendly as possible.

Monthly Committee Meetings
We meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm
AA Central Office, 1000 Elmwood Ave. (Greenhouse), Rochester, NY 14620

The Website Committee is always seeking new ideas and feedback.
No special skills are needed. If you have any IT skills all the better, but it is not necessary or a requirement.
Please come to one of our monthly meetings for more information or to get involved.

Contact information: AA Central Office
Telephone: 585-232-6720
Email: webmaster@rochester-ny-aa.org

Featured Committee of the Month for August 2017

Treatment Committee

The Treatment Committee is this month’s featured committee. Please take a moment to read some information that the committee would like for you to know about:

  1. What Treatment’s purpose is.
  2. How it helps the alcoholic who still suffers.
  3. How you can grow spiritually by being involved.
  4. How you and your group can get involved.
  1. Purpose of Committee:
    To bring AA meetings into treatment facilities in the Rochester area, where we share our experience, strength and hope to the still sick and suffering alcoholics and introduce AA as a solution to the recovery process. This happens in two ways:
    Assigning meetings of a specific facility at a set time to individual home groups on a monthly basis that can be men’s, women’s or mixed meeting. Your group Treatment Rep. service positions is given the task to get support from your home group to attend the facility meeting.
    Organizing a list of AA members in the Rochester AA area called “Bridging the Gap.” The list consists of AA member’s name, phone number and zip code and is used for individual newcomer requests to connect with a temporary contact in AA once they leave the facility. The temporary contact may accompany the newcomer to meetings, introduce them to others in AA and/or help them start their life of sobriety in the outside world. These lists are confidential, men for men, and women for women.
  2. How It Helps the Alcoholic Who Still Suffers:
    The Treatment Committee helps many Alcoholics in the treatment setting who may or may not know about a solution of recovery. In these facilities we are able to share our experiences, to help encourage the still sick and suffering who may feel like there is no hope.
    We share what it was like, what happened and what it is like now along with the solution being our experience of working a program of action designed in the book of Alcoholics Anonymous. We may be the first contact a patient in a treatment facility may have of someone just like them who is sober and walks a free man.
  3. How You Can Grow Spiritually by Getting Involved:
    Getting involved with the Treatment Committee provides individuals with the opportunity  to help others with the rewards that are far greater than anything we can possibly share with them.
    The biggest gift is seeing a treatment patient walk through the door of an AA meeting once they have been discharged. The feeling is like no other. ALWAYS, or primary purpose is to carry the message to the still sick and suffering Alcoholic. In doing this we experience the gift of giving back what has so freely been given to us. “Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the fellowship of the spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.”
  4. How You and Your Group Can Get Involved (time of committee, jobs to do at the committee):
    The way to get involved with the Treatment Committee is to come to the AA Central Office on the 3rd Sunday of the Month at 12:45 (new reps Orientation), 1:30 pm (committee meeting). Come join us and see if the committee is right for you.

Contact information for any questions:
Joseph S., Rochester Area Intergroup Treatment Committee-Chair; contact the AA Central Office at
(585) 232-6720 or raacog@frontiernet.net

Featured Committee of the Month for July 2017

Public Information and
Cooperation with the Professional Community
(PI/CPC)

Purpose of Committee:

To inform professionals and the public:

  1. What Alcoholics Anonymous is
  2. Where it can be found
  3. How it can help alcoholics

How it helps the alcoholic who still suffers:

This committee provides vital information to professionals who come into contact with still suffering alcoholics.  These professionals are then able to properly refer individuals to AA.

Our committee also provides this same information to the general public, some of who are still suffering alcoholics or who may live with or know an alcoholic.

How you can grow spiritually by getting involved:

Our committee is alive and active!  This is an exciting type of service that any alcoholic can be involved with.

By being involved in this committee, you will gain experience with the 12 traditions, as well as learning more about how AA got started and how it helps people.

How you can get involved:

The committee meets the fourth Thursday of every month at the Rochester Central Office at 6pm.

There are a variety of service positions within the committee, including chair, secretary, literature and libraries.

Our committee gives regular informative presentations to a variety of places each month.  We participate in local health fairs.

Our committee is responsible for maintaining a number of literature racks placed throughout the area and we recently provided Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to local TV and radio stations.

Contact information for any questions:
Call or email the Rochester AA Central Office and leave a message for the PI/CPC Committee
tel. (585) 232-6720 email: raacog@frontiernet.net